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Braves squander lead against Nats

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ATLANTA -- Ian Desmond hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the 11th inning, Jayson Werth followed with a two-run homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Wednesday night.

Alex Cora drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the ninth as Braves closer Craig Kimbrel blew a 3-1 lead.

Drew Storen (3-1) pitched the 10th and Tyler Clippard took over in the 11th for his first save.

The Nationals improved to 5-1 in extra-innings games.

Atlanta's Eric Hinske homered in the seventh in his first start of the season in right field. He filled in for Jason Heyward, who will have an MRI on his sore right shoulder on Thursday.

With one out in the 11th, Scott Linebrink (0-1) hit pinch-hitter Ivan Rodriguez with a pitch. With Rodriguez running from first, Cora singled to right field, sending Rodriguez to third.

Desmond drove in both runners with his double down the third-base line. Werth followed with his sixth homer to add to the lead.

Brian McCann's two-run double in the first inning gave Atlanta the lead it held until the ninth.

Laynce Nix, who had three hits, and Jerry Hairston Jr. had ninth-inning singles before Kimbrel loaded the bases in the ninth with a one-out walk to pinch-hitter Matt Stairs. Cora followed with two-run single past Kimbrel to tie the game.

It was the third blown save in 10 chances for Kimbrel, who gave up three hits and a walk in the inning.

Tommy Hanson gave up five hits and one run in 52/3 innings.